Washington had a sixth sense about things, and he was sure that Cornwallis would try to trap the Colonial Army and crush it shortly after the Second Battle of Trenton. He found there were three good sources as scouts, one of whom was Ezekiel Anderson, son of Captain John Anderson, and born in Maidenhead, which is now Lawrenceville, NJ. Ezekiel suggested the route, which allowed Washington’s men to slip out around midnight on January 3rd, 1777 toward Princeton. Under cover of night and conditions which were 27 degrees at midnight and close to 24 degrees at daybreak, the troops covered the wheels of the only two cannon they possessed with canvas and other available clothing to lessen the noise of the move. The troops slipped, undetected, over twelve miles of then backcountry and then, near Stony Brook, trudged up a little-used sunken path that led to the back of the Thomas Clarke house. Possessing high ground, the troops surprised the last of the British regulars marching toward Trenton and ultimately brought victory against the world’s ONLY superpower of the time. Ezekiel Anderson, then a private, helped bring about the element of surprise among the regulars and militia fighting for the colonies against a seasoned corps of British regulars. The British never again tested Washington in New Jersey and these vital victories were key to eventually freeing the Colonies from British rule.
IMAGE COURTESY ROBERTS JONES 2016 AT CHRISTMAS DAY
WASHINGTON’S CROSSING, PA